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Their best album for a long time
on 25 May 2014
I'm going to keep this one short. If you have listened to Plaid before please read section A, if not then please focus on section B.
Section A: This is one of the best albums of Plaid's career. It is typically playful, creative, exquisite and enjoyable yet with a measure of consistency that surpasses most of their other albums. At 9 tracks in length it is a lot more concise and manageable than albums like 'Double Figure' or 'Trainer' and virtually every song is top quality. The beats are a little more simplistic in places, enabling Plaid to focus their efforts on what they do best, piling on endless layers of squelchy, plinky, playful synths. While Scintilli saw the duo heading in a more 'Autechre' kind of direction, 'Reachy Prints' sees them returning to a kind of 'Boards of Canada'/'Orbital' area, and it works. What amazes me is that they are still able to produce music of this quality after so many years without running out of ideas. If you want to preview a few tracks before you buy then try 'Hawkmoth', 'Martin Lunaire' or 'Tether'. Enjoy.
SECTION B: If you are a fan of slightly abstract electronic music but find the likes of 'Aphex Twin' and 'Squarepusher' a little hard to listen to, then I would definitely recommend a listen to Plaid. This new album is certainly one of their best and it is a fantastic, concise album to start with. The tone of Plaid's music is basically light-hearted and bouncy electronic synths, weaved into an ever changing tapestry. The beats are simple and there are never any lyrics, it is simply just 'music' in its purest form. If you scan briefly through the tracks then you will totally fail to grasp the appeal of this group. You need to listen to one song from start to finish, then move onto an album if you enjoyed it. The best thing about albums like 'Reachy Prints' is that you can just put it on in the background and get on with whatever you are doing. I've already listened to it 5 or 6 times and I can promise you that I have enjoyed it every time. If you want to try one track to see what this is really like then I recommend listening to the song 'Hawkmoth' or 'Martin Lunaire'. Enjoy